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We commend State Senator Scott Wiener from San Francisco for proposing legislation aimed at improving the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists on state-owned highways that also serve as surface streets. We know that both of those groups are particularly vulnerable when they are out near other vehicles.

Senate Bill 127 would ask Caltrans “to improve the safety of our state highways that run through cities and towns so that all users can be safe, not just people driving cars.”

This includes things like improving and maintaining sidewalks and bike lanes when they are working on the streets. State and local safety advocacy groups have been pushing for these measures for years, but safety measures always seem to prioritize car safety. Dr. Rebecca Pelvin, a Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital trauma surgeon, says that nearly half of the hospital’s trauma patients are injuries from traffic accidents and that half of those are pedestrians and bicyclists.

At Allegiance Law, we are here when you need a San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney.

They Face Unbelievable Danger

The California Office of Traffic Safety gives us some alarming numbers when it comes to pedestrian and bicyclist accidents. Consider the following numbers from the latest reporting year for the state vehicle accident reports:

  • 867 pedestrian fatalities
  • 14,215 pedestrian injuries
  • 147 bicyclist fatalities
  • 11,634 bicyclist injuries

Many of those injuries were severe. In fact, a disproportionate number of pedestrian and bicyclist accidents lead to major injuries.

Why is that?

These two groups have almost no protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them. That often sustain the following injuries:

  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Major lacerations
  • Major internal organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Not only will the medical expenses be extremely high for the treatment of these injuries, but there are also hidden costs to consider. This can include things like lost wages if a person cannot work and a loss of enjoyment of life.
Will your insurance offer enough to cover all of this?

How They Happen

Pedestrians have so many hazards to worry about when they are in or around the roadway. The main concern is negligent driver behavior. Even when they are at a designated pedestrian area, reckless drivers can cause major harm.

  • Drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol are a constant concern
  • Drivers distracted by their phones or other devices are just as deadly
  • Those who speed or drive aggressively often ignore right-of-ways

Now, pedestrians have to worry about obstacles other than vehicles. We know there is a major electric scooter problem in the city right now that has yet to be effectively dealt with.

If You Get Hurt

At Allegiance Law, we hope that Senator Wiener’s bill makes it to the governor to sign. We also know that pedestrian and bicyclist safety is a partnership between many parties. Most of these accidents are preventable. If you or a loved one need a pedestrian accident attorney in San Francisco, we will work with you to recover the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. You can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 415-404-6395. We want to make sure your medical expenses are covered as well as other hidden costs like lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life damages.

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